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No ‘downside’ to 2017 Honda CR-V turbo Technology

With old-school turbocharged engine detractors obsessing over the new-age fuel efficient, high-torque output 4 cylinder engine technology, I’m here to tell you, not only is the 4-cylinder turbo engine the future I.C.E. of choice, Honda’s 2017 CR-V is a much improved performer because of it.

“It won’t last as long,” Turbocharged engines run hotter, are prone to break!” That may have been true last century. And I emphasize, may have been! While I can’t speak for all turbo owners, I presently hold in my personal stable a 99’ Volvo S80 T6 twin turbocharged ‘straight 6’ with 138,000 miles showing on the odometer. To date, the engine remains mechanically bulletproof, uses no oil between changes, and runs generally as well as the day I purchased the vehicle back in the day. O.K., so this is a Honda-brand specific story, let’s get to it!

Honda is the largest engine manufacturer(by volume) in the world

Honda gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines are known for their mechanical reliability. That’s a given, tested by time. The big “H” has manufactured turbocharged engines for decades. With today’s extreme low-friction engine internal components, and synthetically formulated engine lubricants, intercoolers, and advanced engine management PCM, (power control module) 4-cylinder, direct and port fuel injected, turbocharged I.C.E.s, are now the engine of choice as world-auto-manufacturers scramble to meet and beat pending C.A.R.B compliant fuel efficiency and emission standards.

In my latest 2017 CR-V drive time, I recorded a true 31.9 MPG combined driving in mostly wet winter weather. The new-found acceleration is akin to this car, they share the same engine. Furthermore, gone was freeway-on-ramp concern, or passing time, as hills and bi-ways effortlessly melted in the rear view mirror.

We leave turbo-lag behind, in exchange for instant-on killer torque

Yes, a small displacement, direct injected, turbocharged engine can be a bit “rattled’ at times, it sounds different than a V8 or V6 mill. Yest, due to the favorable early-on torque curve, and hotter, recirculating exhaust gas burn time, leaner, meaner and near-zero in expelled exhaust emissions. This week we spend a week in the seat of Honda’s best selling CR-V. What’s different for 2017 will fill a complete drive review. In the meantime, read our initial drive impressions here.

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Inner cooler = Intercoolers or charge coolers. Video link is no longer functioning. My 2017 still has some lag from a standstill. Not sure if turbo lag or the ECU trying to delay power delivery for MPG or CVT preservation. It can be a bit scary if trying to use the power to complete a turn through a tighter gap though.
Thank you Rick for the proof read. As to why the video has been removed, I couldn't tell you. I'll get back to you with an answer as soon as I do know something. P.
You and I drove different cars then. the new Honda CR-V turbo lag is quite visible especially when you drive two cars one after another, i drove the crv 2016 with no turbo and the 2017 with turbo, immediately you sense the car is underpowered. Here is what is going to happen in the near future, the crv will have a 2L turbo engine coming to share it with Accord. Then i will be willing to consider the new crv.